Zamfara CP Confirms Killing Of Seven Policemen And Five Villagers By Bandits


Muhammed Shehu Dalijan, the Zamfara State Police Commissioner, has confirmed that 12 persons, including seven policemen, were killed by bandits at Magarya village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

It was reported that armed bandits attacked the community in the early hours of Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Among the victims were a member of the Zamfara State Community Guards, also known as Askarawan Zamfara and four residents of the village.

CP Dalijan, who confirmed the killing of his officers to Daily Trust on Thursday night, said the bandits, numbering about 300, stormed the village on motor bikes.

“They surrounded our men and opened fire on them, thereby killing seven of them and injuring several others,
” he said.

“The bandits were not happy with our men who prevented them from carrying out their heinous act for over two years now

“Since the deployment of police to the area, the bandits could not have a chance to attack the village.”

The police commissioner said more police personnel would be deployed in the area.

A resident, Muhammad Yusuf, told Daily Trust that the assailants invaded the village at 5.10am when people were preparing for subhi  (morning prayer).

He said the bandits also burnt two houses, a car and many silos.

“The bandits also rustled three camels and some cows, sheep and goats. However, they did not abduct anybody during the operation,” he said.

“When the bandits attacked the village, the occupants ran into the bush. When they returned, we took a head count and discovered that 12 people, including seven mobile policemen, were killed

“This is the fourth time bandits are attacking our village. The first attack was two years after the deployment of a mobile police unit to the area. They attacked the village three times before the deployment of security personnel.”

Another resident, Ibrahim Shehu, said many of the villagers had fled for fear of further attacks.

“The bandits had warned that they would come for another attack; hence the residents fled their homes. Some residents moved to Gusau, the state capital, while others went to nearby towns,” he said.

“We are terrified. And you know that these people are like animals. Since they promised to come back, it is better for us to leave the area for our lives. Very few people remained in the village.

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